I’ve been active in the Presbyterian Church my whole life, serving as a church elder in Corvallis and then in Bend. And a core tenet of my Christian faith is to treat others as I would wish to be treated. To me, this also translates into how we care for our public lands, especially a natural wonder like Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands. Are we being good stewards of the land? Are we preserving it for those generations that will come after us?
To answer yes, I believe we must permanently protect the Owyhee Canyonlands. Growing up, my parents could only afford family vacations on public lands, and we went to the mountains for camping, fishing and hiking. As an adult, I did the same with my two daughters.
Now, I hope for my grandchildren and their grandchildren to experience the Owyhee as it is today. To be visionary enough to preserve it now truly would be partnering with the Creator.